Hometown: Lawrenceburg, IN
High School: East Central High School
Double Minor: Education and Theatre
Job After Graduation: Junior High Literature Teacher at St. Louis Catholic School in Batesville, IN
What clubs and activities are you involved in?
President of the Puma Educators Association, co-editor-in chief of The Observer (SJC student newspaper), treasurer of the Columbian Players (SJC theatre club), and Campus Ministry.
How did you choose SJC?
SJC was actually the last college I visited before I started applying. I found SJC while looking through a book listing all the colleges in Indiana. After visiting the website, I decided I wanted to come for a visit. It was the best decision I could have made. From my very first campus visit, everyone was so friendly and helpful, and that has continued throughout my time here. The small, tight-knit community is my favorite part about SJC. The professors get to know you, and you know students outside of your dorm, outside of your major, and outside of your year.
In addition, I was placed in a classroom my very first semester, allowing me to gain hands-on experience right away and confirm that I did want to be a teacher. Most of the other colleges I looked at did not start classroom observations until junior year. The amount of classroom experiences connected to my education classes definitely helped prepare me for student teaching.
How do you feel about the Core Program?
The Core Program attracted me the first time I heard about it, and after four years, I know it has had a large impact on my educational journey. Core allows you to see the connections between disciplines, to interact with students outside your major, to examine other viewpoints, and to explore your own ideas and beliefs. Core teaches you the same material found in regular general education classes, but it goes deeper, asking students to evaluate and discuss the material and its connection to your discipline and others as well.
Core helped me develop my critical thinking skills and discussion abilities, which have helped me as an English major and will continue to help me in my career.
How do you feel about your faith and your opportunities for service at SJC?
I feel that my Catholic faith has grown throughout my time at SJC. I love attending Mass with the College community. In addition, I have helped plan and run retreats for middle and high school students, which has allowed me to serve others while also gaining new insights into my own faith. Along with these retreats, SJC offers numerous retreat options. The four-day Kairos retreat is one of the best experiences I have had, and I had the opportunity to go as a retreatant and again as a leader. It allowed me to spend time examining my relationship with God and to make so many great friends.
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